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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


At around 5.30am as I was preparing breakfast this morning, I realized that Joelle has not awaken yet. She normally wakes up at 5.00am., to arrange her books and to shower. What could be possibly wrong with her? I woke her up and reminded her that she need to leave for school by 6.10am the latest. She jumped out of bed and muttered "Actually, I woke up at 1.00am just now but nobody was awake. My nose bled but luckily only for a short while." I asked her whether she fall or knock at something while in her sleep but she said no. In fact, she was sleeping soundly when she felt something oozing out from her nostril. When she touched her nose she felt the blood and quickly grabbed a towel. Joelle has been having a bout of nosebleed twice last year and today is the first time in this year. "It's okay Joelle, go and freshen up yourself while I prepare your morning juice" I assured her.

Nosebleeds are common in children. The mucous membranes lining the inside of the nasal passages are well supplied with blood. If the mucous lining is too thin it is prone to nosebleed. Usually the bleeding will stopped within 15 to 20 minutes .

There are other important cause of nosebleed. A fall or blow to the nose will quickly rupture the tiny blood vessel in the mucous membranes. The bone may be broken. Polyps also cause recurring nosebleeds. Other causes include trauma, nose-picking, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, rhinitis and dryness of the mucous membranes. If nosebleed occur repeatedly with or without any obvious cause, one should seek professional help.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Homeopathic Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms

(NaturalNews) Menopause occurs at an age when a woman ceases menstruation and her reproductive capacity ceases. This generally takes place between 45 and 55 years of age but may happen prematurely or artificially after removal of the ovaries. Many women want to know how to cope with the debilitating symptoms that affect their daily lives. Some of these symptoms include hot flushes, increased hair growth on the face, osteoporosis, fatigue, headaches and irritability. Insomnia, depression, difficulty in concentrating or remembering and weight gain are also common symptoms. For pre-menopausal or menopausal symptoms, there is good advice and help available and there is no need to suffer through this time alone. Aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbs and exercise can help to ease symptoms. It is always advisable to research carefully any treatment or supplement available before taking it and/or to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner first.

Vigorous physical exercise is reported to help counter the effects of hot flushes. Studies show that a regular exercise program can relieve the symptoms of menopause and improve the quality of life.

Menopausal Symptoms and Diet
Eating a diet abundant in refined carbohydrates and sugar is more likely to result in fatigue, irritability and depression. Combining a low GI (glycemic load) carbohydrate with a protein is a practical way to control dis-glycemia, such as a slice of lightly toasted whole grain or rye bread with fish or beans.
Servings of organic, dark green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, watercress and sprouts will provide folate that the body needs. Do not overcook vegetables. Free-range eggs are an excellent source of protein.

Include cold pressed seed oils such as flaxseed, hemp, olive and avocado oil in the diet on a daily basis. Avoid oils that have been produced through heat-extraction and eliminate the consumption of foods that contain hydrogenated oils.

A diet rich in legumes, soya products or red clover supplements are good sources of isoflavones, which can reduce the incidence and severity of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes.

Vitamin Supplements
Magnesium and vitamin B-complex help with anxiety and irritability. Vitamin A, zinc, iron and B-complex can also help with heavy menstrual bleeding. Vitamin C is said to have specific benefits during menopause, one of which is helping to reduce hot flushes.

Calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and zinc are all supplements said to help counter menopausal symptoms such as irritability, painful menstruation and insomnia.

Homeopathic Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms
Sepia is often recommended by homeopaths for hot flushes, headaches, irritability and heavy bleeding.

Lachesis helps to counter irritability, memory loss, concentration problems and headaches.

Pulsatilla is taken for depression, tendency to cry easily and mood swings.

Herbs for Menopausal Symptoms
Black Cohosh is an herb that has been used by native North Americans for centuries. Research has proven that this herb helps to relieve menopausal symptoms arising from declining estrogen levels in the body such as hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia and depression.

Valerian will help with anxiety and tension while ginseng boosts vitality and increases mental alertness.
Ginkgo biloba helps to improve memory and poor concentration.
Dandelion is a cleansing herb which helps the body to detoxify, which can reduce the risk of breast growths and other cell changes.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-menopause, pg 25-40 - Dr. John Lee.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, C. Norman Shealy, page 393, published by Harper Collins Publishers
Newton KM, Reed SD, LaCroix AZ, Grothaus LC, Ehrlich K, Guiltinan J (2006). "Treatment of vasomotor symptoms of menopause with Black cohosh". Ann Intern Med 145: 869-879.

Monday, February 15, 2010

3 in 1 Celebration!

February the 14th is not only Valentine's day but it is also the birthday of my youngest daughter! Joelle is 13 years old on Valentine's day. Hemmm....after much pestering, persuading, and pretending to behave angelic she managed to lure me into celebrating her birthday which also happen to fall on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. It will be a 3 in 1 celebration she said. How to celebrate a 3 in 1 celebration during this time of economic downturn?? We invited only close relatives and friends, baked our own Valentine's cake (cup cakes), ordered a home-baked chocolate cake from a friend (for birthday cake), bought some mandarin oranges to signify CNY, got some cooked dishes from a Chinese restaurant (fortunately this particular restaurant open on CNY with no increase in price) and also I cooked some fresh water fish; cat fish and eel (eww...but nice), chicken curry and vegetables. All invitees were asked to come in red or maroon as the theme color, to signify Valentine's day and also CNY!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Panic Attack

A new patient came to see me today with a complain of a panic attack. She has been seeing many doctors for the past three months and every time was told that she is perfectly healthy. What worries her is that she seem to be out of breath most of the time and experiencing palpitations almost 24hours daily.

Panic attacks create a sudden, wild, frantic feeling that makes the heart race and throws the body into a state of alarm. Some people feel like they are about to suffocate; others cannot move a muscle and simply tremble. Other common symptoms are dizziness, dry mouth, sweaty palms and tight chest. Some people develop lumps in the throat and butterflies in the stomach.
The attack persists only for seconds, sometimes minutes. Unlike phobias, which are overwhelming fears directed at something in particular, panic attacks appear unexpectedly, without reason or warning. Severe panic attacks can be mistaken for heart attacks. They are often related to general feelings of anxiety, and can be accompanied by other disturbances, like nightmares, sleeplessness, changes in appetite and fatigue. Long-term struggles with anxiety disorders and panic attacks lead to frustration and depression. It is a surprisingly common condition affecting both men and women. (excerpt from Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, 2nd Edition)